Even though I doubt that it was St.Patrick who first coined the term “blue eyed soul”, it is a safe bet that the phrase was first used to describe the Belfast singer/songwriter Van Morrison. Practically it is impossible to explain the width and depth of this Northern Ireland native’s contribution without resorting to hyperbole, as music writer Jason Ankeny found out on AllMusic.com,”…perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock and roll canon. Subject only to the whims of his own muse, his recordings cover extraordinary stylistic ground yet retain a consistency and purity virtually unmatched among his contemporaries…”.
Yet until this revealingly frank interview by the BBC‘s intrepid John Bennett upon the release of his latest album Born to Sing:No Plan B ,Van Morrison easily would qualify as the most mysterious of celebrated singer/songwriters, by comparison making Bob Dylan look like Snookie fromThe Jersey Shore. Part 1 of 3. – Redbeard